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Watchet Boat Museum, Watchet

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Watchet Boat Museum is a small museum in Watchet, Somerset, England.It is housed in the 1862, Victorian, former railway goods shed of Watchet railway station, which is today located on the heritage West Somerset Railway.The exhibits include several types of boats found locally and associated artefacts, photographs and charts, plus nets and other items associated with their use. There are displays of maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of withy. There is also an example of a mudhorse which is a wooden sledge is propelled across the mudflats to collect fish from nets.The museum specialises in the shallow draft Flatner, a form of vessel once prevalent in Bridgwater Bay and adjacent coastal areas. Flatners are small double-ended boats with no keel.Withy Boats and Turf Boats, which were between 16ft and 20ft long, were used on the Somerset Levels to carry peat and withies to market. They were built from elm boards or clinker and were pulled along the banks of the drainage ditches on the levels.River boats had a similar construction, but the bottom was curved to allow them to be launched down sloping muddy banks of rivers including the River Parrett, where they were used for salmon fishing.
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  • Watchet clearly embraces its history as this is another small free museum. It won’t take long to walk around & gives a good insight into Watchet’s boating/seafaring history. It is free,but don’t forge...  more »
  • In 2014 the museum was chock full of very absorbing nautical bits and pieces, with a few boats in the middle. The lady at the desk said it had been "tidied up" since then. Most of the bits and pieces ...  more »
  • lots of interaction things to do, kids will love it, I loved it and I am not a kid! dog friendly as well. lots of maps and charts to look at, great place, no hard sell on the souvenirs either...  more »
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  • Really interesting little museum. Demonstration of rope making was fascinating.
  • Lovely friendly and personal anecdotes from helpful staff. Pirate hats and an old boat for photo opportunities and keeping the kids happy.
  • Free museum run by volunteers. All very helpful and hands on exhibits for the kids
  • Lovely place to pop into with the kids to Explore
  • educational and entertaining...
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